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>> 7 on your side with why so many had trouble getting help. plus, bob and doug attracted all day. >> we have never had a summer like this. >> our live team coverage starts now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- waves of storms and a boatload of problems from maryland to virginia to the district, and now we are getting more pictures of the damage, including dozens of downed trees. all of the water lead to more flooding on area roads. fire and rescue crews had be on high alert and tonight cleanup crews are trying to pick up pieces. we have a team of reporters who have been covering every angle of the storm, from the damage, power outages, to the flooding,
but we begin with bob ryan, who has the latest on the current forecast. >> we are done with the severe weather from the standpoint of the wind and the ferocious lightning, but now with the weather front, there is a line that stretches from frederick, md., into northern montgomery county. along that, slow-moving showers and thunder. that is the reason there is a flash flood watch until almost 2:00 in the morning. overnight, these slow-moving areas of rainshowers. we are not done with this completely. some of the spots that had damaged, all the way from unionville, dale city, even spotsylvania. some of the wind gusts and rainfall amounts, in washington, wind gusts of 50, 60 m.p.h.
look at the rain fall, continuing right now. over 4 inches of rain in mount airy. any of you who live in some of the flood prone areas, especially around small streams, there could be more flooding over night. things are settling down, but we still have the flooding over night. i will tell you what to expect more of. -- i will tell you what to expect tomorrow. tens of thousands of people are in the dark, but the numbers are coming down. at this minute, 42,000 people are without power in montgomery county. 6300 customers do not have power in the district. dominion reports 1300 outages in northern virginia. john gonzalez has more on the beginning of the cleanup efforts. john? >> just as the neighborhoods
were getting ready to bounce back, they have been hit by another powerful storm. at this neighborhood of white oak lost power for days last time, and they are once again in the dark and pepco crews have been very busy, adding 200 workers from out of state to helped. this led a storm has affected everybody from people in the dark to writing buses. florence schaefer cannot believe this massive tree came down on her home. hirsch said is destroyed, her home needs major repairs -- hirsch said it is destroyed, her home needs major repairs. >> when you get older, you don't want this kind of stuff. >> in montgomery county, this tree uprooted, nearly raising the side of the house, smashing on the neighbor's home. >> it breaks your heart. >> the facade of the light of
shopping center was also damaged. >> it has been a challenge. >> pepco said toppled trees are not unusual, but treetops' had been twisted off, something he had never seen. >> to rebuild the system three times in 2 1/2 weeks has not been easy. it is frustrating. >> commuters have also been forced to deal with mother nature is latest temper tantrum. this woman has been forced to walk longer than usual. >> some people had to walk all the way back to university boulevard. >> so many roads and bus stops are closed. that commuters bus was forced to take the interstate and drop people off at once thought. thousands of people in silver spring are still without power, and pepco says it will probably not be until tomorrow night at
the earliest before they get back on. john gonzalez, abc 7 news. today marks the fourth day of the last 18 where we have indoor severe weather. alexandria and parts of p.g. county were hit the hardest during the evening storm's one week ago. two weeks ago, severe weather downed power lines on the red line, causing major delays. on july 25, heavy storms caused more than 300,000 power outages. we are following breaking developments within the aftermath of the storm. a parts of the district are flooding at this minute. the biggest problem is southwesn cleave joins us with more -- is hayne's point. >> all the water runoff had to go somewhere, and at hains pointm, it has come on shore.
the water is almost knee high back that way. the potomac river has swelled by the rain. at this hour, ddot and pepco crews are working on -- we have video. frum can now until the point where it breaks off at georgetown university -- from canal to where it breaks off at georgetown university, quite a mess. they have been untangling the power lines, replacing power poles, trimming trees, cutting down broken power lines, and re-stringing the polls. they're hoping to have this done overnight. everybody was on the scene, they said they would have canal road open again for the morning rush. to give you a sense of how d.c. has been affected, d.c. fire has handled 400 calls in 12 hours.
they typically handle 450 calls in one complete day, 24 hours. 12 water rescues, a home struck by lightning, a transformer fire. there responded to 22 significant tree down calls. at lot to clean up across the district. hains point, there is a lot of water encroaching from the potomac. most of this is almost exclusively from the runoff. coming up, a new storm and the response from power companies. who was saying this storm was different from the first. >> d.c. is offering free sandbags. at first, you have to find them.
round one of the storms led to a traffic nightmare as rock creek parkway flooded. as tonight's storms moved through, the fear of flooding has returned. 7 on your side and cynne simpson have the reasons why there are more problems. >> for the next hour, you couldn't get free sandbags in the district. the only problem, you have to figure out where they are -- you can get free sandbags in the district. after abc 7 not involved, public works came out and brought a truck to direct people on where to go, two blocks to the north. after a frustrating day of flooding, this was the last thing this person needed. it >> this morning, the water was seeping under the door. >> she and her roommate traveled
to the site to get free sandbags. what they found? >> i thought i would pick up the bags and go home and be prepared, but now i am back at square one. >> several cars came and left with empty trucks. we called the department of public works and we don't see anybody here. that turns out there were sandbags, if you knew where to find them. two blocks north, in this service garage. >> i cannot find the entrance until we found you. >> dpw explained they have always indicated their location is that new jersey and k street se. >> while we are technically at i street, dpw knows this area very well. >> she says this truck was sent to the advertised application to help eliminate confusion.
any consideration of adding sign it? >> i think we will look it that and give some better direction. >> there are still plenty of sand bags available. you can get up to four per car. if you are headed this way, find new jersey avenue se, between i streets and the i-395 overpass. cynne simpson, abc 7 news. coming up, a suspect behind bars in the spree of serial stabbings. disturbing local ties to the man and the local tax. and more power problems, a lot of frustration, but some say it has been different this time. >> there are more warnings, flood warnings.
credit residence. it was two weeks ago when d.c. mayor adrian fenty blamed pepco for not working fast enough. >> the good news is that ddot and pepco are working really hard. my briefing on this is we already have the power down. >> tonight, focus first on getting the downed trees up. in one of the hardest hit parts of d.c., the shepherd park neighborhood, it was easier said than done. >> trees and branches everywhere, on top of houses, everywhere. >> trees lie at a torn from their roots. -- the trees lied torn from their roots. in fairfax, this family is trying to keep their food fresh. >> i am ok. the problem is for my mother. if this is going to continue
several days, it will be hard. >> this family is sick of losing power, finally shelling out $600 for a generator. >> it is terrible. >> if mother nature is winning the battle, this time pepco says it is fighting back and hopes to have all power restored by the weekend. a hearing on the reliability of pepco has been scheduled for tuesday in baltimore. maryland's public service commission wants answers from pepco on its performance. man it is inurg jail, charged in the deadly stabbing spree. elias abuelazam is a prime suspect on the attacks. arlington police caught and released him during a traffic stop. investigators say they found a hammer inside of his car that was a weapon used in one of the
attacks. investigators and alaska are leaving the site of the plane crash that killed senator ted stevens. it will begin interviewing the survivors, all of whom are from the d.c. area. william phillips' father, who took care of the other survivors, lost his father in the crash. this morning, this is from twitter, northwest washington. this is a rhode island avenue, and it captures the way that we started the day with one wave of severe storms that came as a convicted of system -- as a convective system. it came through with a bang. finally, after the sunset, looking towards the west,
finally the dust settled and would be nice it this is the way the rest of the night will be. unfortunately, local heavy rain. 76 degrees. the high-temperature 88 officially in washington. not too far to the north, they have gotten 4 inches of rain. in washington, early this morning, there was the line that came through. there is coming through, to the south. then the second line comes through. it live doppler, it is a weather front, a week from settling over. as that is happening, all along that, heavy rain showers. that is the reason for the flood warning and parts of montgomery county, also all the way from baltimore, glen burnie, and anne arundel county until 2:00 in the morning.
70's, even 50's right now in maine. as the front is trying to slowly coming to this warm, humid air, that is the reason we still have these leftover rain showers that could be producing localized flooding. perhaps later on tonight, around rock creek park, that will settle in on us. that will keep us under the clouds as we go through the next couple days. temperatures today in the 80's. the mid part of the country, searing heat, heat is advisory's and warnings. for us, a break from the standpoint of the easterly wind. along the boundary, there may be more showers. i don't think we will see a return of the violent, damaging storms we had today. it will still be muggy, and leftover showers tomorrow morning. if you see standing water or anything that looks suspicious, don't drive into it.
loudoun county, there has been some really tragic incidents as of flash flooding. tomorrow, it will be humid and there will be more showers. with some areas, with the ground saturated, there could be flooding. even into the weekend. it will be partly cloudy, partly sunny, just a slight chance of showers, but not the severe weather we had today. >> i have more respect for the storm.
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